CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 40 – Diary of a Self-Isolator 24.4.2020 BLOG 26th April 2020

CORONABOBS ISOLATION DAY 40 – Diary of a Self-Isolator Friday 26Th April 2020

Because I am over 70 years old we were forced in to self-isolation by our daughters 7 days before the main stay of the country. So, today we celebrate our 40th Day in Self-isolation/Lockdown and we could have another 250 to go.

Although this was discussed in the media Thursday, I didn’t have room to cover it. But the Government Medical Advisers are suggesting Lockdown will continue until the year end. That is because we need a vaccination programme in place before it can be fully lifted and it will take until then for that to happen.

That is another 250 days or 36 weeks.

US President Donald Trump has been lambasted by the medical community after suggesting research into whether coronavirus might be treated by injecting disinfectant into the body.

He also appeared to propose irradiating patients’ bodies with UV light, an idea dismissed by a doctor at the briefing.

Another of his officials had moments earlier said sunlight and disinfectant were known to kill the infection.

Disinfectants are hazardous substances and can be poisonous if ingested.

Even external exposure can be dangerous to the skin, eyes and respiratory system.

Trump later said he was being sarcastic. Not many people believe that.

Testing Online Starts But Has To Be Suspended

The government website for key workers to apply for coronavirus tests has been suspended again due to “exceptional demand” but will reopen shortly.

Speaking at Friday’s daily briefing, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps insisted the site closed after “the slots for today were taken up”.

It came back online on Friday evening, allowing key workers to apply for tests at drive-through centres.

More testing kits and slots are due to become available at 08:00 BST.

Some 16,000 bookings have already been made on the website.

The website had to close to new applicants within hours of launching, after 46,000 people tried to access it, but Mr Shapps said it had not crashed and that further tests would become available.

Coronavirus: Library books rearranged in size order by cleaner

A well-meaning cleaner who took the opportunity to give a locked-down library a thorough clean re-shelved all of its books – in size order.

Staff at Newmarket Library, Suffolk, discovered the sloping tomes after the building underwent a deep clean.

James Powell, of Suffolk Libraries, said staff “saw the funny side” but it would take a “bit of time” to correct.

“It looks like libraries will be closed for a while so we’ll have plenty of time to sort the books out”, he said.

“The cleaner is lovely and does a great job in the library. It was an honest mistake and just one of those things so we would never want her to feel bad about it,” he added.

A tweet by Krystal Vittles, head of service delivery at Suffolk Libraries, about the enthusiastic cleaner has been shared more than 5,000 times.

In response, one person said it had “brought laughter” during lockdown.

“I think people are just pleased to be able to share any light-hearted stories at the moment as it helps to cheer everyone up,” Mr Powell said.

Graph showing how much the use of Zoom has increased due to Coronavirus

At 99 years old (and just days before his 100th birthday), Captain Tom Moore holds the record as the oldest artist to score a Number 1 on the Official Singles Chart. The war veteran captured the hearts of the nation and became a symbol of hope and unity during the coronavirus crisis after raising over £28 million for the NHS. To continue raising awareness of his cause, he teamed up with his favourite singer Michael Ball and the NHS Voices of Care Choir to release a cover of You’ll Never Walk Alone.

After a close battle with The Weekend’s Blinding Lights, the track debuted at Number 1, helped by the Canadian star asking his fans to support Captain Tom. Captain Tom also becomes the first centenarian to hold a Number 1 single as his 100th birthday falls during the week he holds the top spot.

The oldest artists to score a Number 1 single on the Official Chart

POS        ARTIST                                 AGE                       YEAR    SONG

1              CAPT TOM MOORE         99 YRS, 11 M      2020       YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE

2              TOM JONES                        68 YRS, 9 M        2009       (BARRY) ISLANDS IN THE STREAM

3              LOUIS ARMSTRONG       66 YRS, 10 M      1968       WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

4              TONY CHRISTIE              61 YRS, 11 M      2005       (IS THIS THE WAY TO) AMARILLO?

5              FRANK SKINNER             61 YRS, 5 M        2018       3 LIONS

6              CLIFF RICHARD               59 YRS, 1 M        1999       MILLENNIUM PRAYER

7              ELTON JOHN                     58 YRS, 3 M        2005       GHETTO GOSPEL

8              MICHAEL BALL               57 YRS, 9 M        2020       YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE

9              LEO SAYER                        57 YRS, 8 M        2006       THUNDER IN MY HEART AGAIN

10           OZZY OSBOURNE            55 YRS                  2003       CHANGES

Captain Tom Moore & Michael Ball


I spent a brilliant afternoon in glorious sunshine in the garden.

TV consisted of Have I Got News For You, Gogglebox and Friday Night Dinner. None of them seemed overly funny. Is that because we’re not feeling as good as lockdown goes on. I don’t think so. We found Gordon, Gino and Fred funny last night. And lots of the banter between me and Mamma and also the family.

Or is it the programme makers losing it a little. Probably. But at least we’ve got Trump to keep us laughing hilariously.





In Coronavirus times: Make sure that you have a wide variety of activities while staying at home:

Work, leisure, exercise, learning, educating, consulting, helping, dreaming, etc.

Think about participating in something new — venture, that sparks your motivation and curiosity.


Happiness is…a No.1 song no mater your age


Corduroy pillows: They’re making headlines!


Love is…to infinity and beyond.


DAY 20        14 Times – 126 Feet Cumulative Total 2,916 Feet



  1. Smile Lady Gaga 2:29
  1. Smile Nat King Cole 2:55



Country                                 Confirmed cases  Deaths

1              US                          939,249                 53,934

2              Italy                      195,351                 26,384

3              Spain                     223,759                 22,902

4              France                   122,577                 22,245

5              UK                         149,569                 20,381

6              Belgium                45,325                   6,917

7              Germany              156,513                 5,877

8              Iran                       89,328                   5,650

9              China                    82,827                   4,632

10           Netherlands         37,384                   4,424


UK deaths yesterday: 813



Global cases         Updated 26 Apr at 07:48 local

Confirmed            2,897,645              +106,659

Deaths                   202,880                 +6,960

Recovered             817,034                 +35,652


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